Praxis Tests in Maryland

Which Praxis Tests Are Required in Maryland?

The Maryland State Board of Education requires prospective teachers to pass three types of Praxis tests to obtain licensure. To obtain a teaching license in Maryland, you must pass a Praxis Core Exam, a Principle of Learning and Teaching Exam, and a subject area test covering the grades and subject area you would like to teach.

Praxis Core Exams

All teacher candidates must successfully complete the Praxis Core tests, which cover mathematics, reading, and writing. You may select to take each exam separately or take a lengthier combined test including all three areas.

Beginning September 1, 2019:

Test Test Code
Core Reading 5713
Core Writing 5723
Core Mathematics 5733
OR
Core Combined Test 5752
  • Qualifying scores for the above tests will be determined when the test becomes available.

The following tests will be accepted through June 30, 2020:

Test Test Code Qualifying Score
Core Reading 5712 156
Core Writing 5722 162
Core Mathematics 5732 150
OR
Core Combined Test 5751

In place of the Core tests, Maryland does accept the following options:

Test Date Required Score
PPST Prior to September 2014 Combined Math, Reading, Writing Score of 527
SAT After January 1, 2019 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math Score of 1180
SAT From April 1995 - December 31, 2018 Combined Math and Verbal (critical reading) Score of 1100
SAT Prior to April 1995 Math and Verbal (critical reading) score of 1000
ACT No Timing Restrictions Composite Score of 24
GRE General Test After September 2011 Composite Score of 297
GRE General Test Prior to September 2011 Composite Score of 1000

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Exams

Licensure also typically requires taking and passing a Principles of Learning and Teaching exam related to the grade level being taught.

Level PLT Exam Test Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education (K - 3) PLT: Early Childhood 5621 157
Elementary Education (1 - 6) PLT: Grades K - 6 5622 160
Middle School (4 - 9) PLT: Grades 5 - 9 5623 160
Secondary (7 - 12) PLT: Grades 7 - 12 5624 157
Career and Technical Education (7 - 12) PLT: Grades 7 - 12 5624 157

Additionally, scores on the PPAT Assessment will soon be determined. This test is a new option provided to those in Maryland pursuing a teaching career. Learn more about the PPAT Assessment here: The PPAT Assessment from ETS.

Subject Area Exams

Prospective teachers in Maryland must also pass subject area tests designed to measure knowledge of their specific subject area.

Early Childhood Education

To teach ages 3 - Kindergarten, the following test is required:

Test Test Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education 5025 156

Elementary Education (1 - 6)

To teach grades 1 - 6, the following tests are required:

Test Test Code Qualifying Score
Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 TBA
AND
Reading and Language Arts CKT Subtest 7802 161
Mathematics CKT Subtest 7803 150
Science CKT Subtest 7804 154
Social Studies Subtest 7805 155
OR
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching COMBINED 7801

To pass the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you wish to take all four subtests (7802, 7803, 7804, 7805) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (7801) when registering. If you wish to take or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.

Middle School (4 - 9)

Certification Area Test Test Code Qualifying Score
Middle School English Middle School English Language Arts 5047 164
Middle School Mathematics Middle School Mathematics 5169 165
Middle School Science Middle School Science 5440 150
Middle School Social Studies Middle School Social Studies 5089 154

Secondary Education (7 - 12)

To teach in a secondary classroom, you must take and pass one of the following subject area exams:

Level PLT Exam Test Code Qualifying Score
Agriculture Agriculture 5701 147
Biology Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 150
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 153
Computer Science Computer Science 5652 149
Earth/Space Science Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 152
Economics Economics 5911 150
English English Language Arts: Content and Analysis 5039 168
Geography Geography 5921 168
History World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941 160
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge 5161 160
Physical Science ONLY Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 5624 157
Physics Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 143
Political Science Government/Political Science 5931 149
Social Studies Social Studies: Content and Interpretation 5086 153
Theatre Theatre 5641 151

Praxis Tests for All Grades

These certification areas do not require a Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam to be taken.

Certification Area Test Test Code Qualifying Score
Art Art: Content and Analysis 5135 161
English to Speakers of Other Languages English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 155
AND
Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 TBA
Health Health Education 5551 155
Music Music: Content and Instruction 5114 162
Physical Education Physical Education: Content and Design 5095 169
Special Education Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 151
AND
Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 TBA
School Psychologist School Psychologist 5402 147
Reading (until 8/31/19) Teaching Reading: Elementary 5203 162
Reading (beginning 9/1/19) Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 TBA

World Languages

To be certified to teach a world language, you must pass the World Language Pedagogy exam, as well as the exam related to the specific language(s) you will be teaching.

Certification Area Test Test Code Qualifying Score
World Languages Pedagogy 5841 158
AND
Chinese Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 165
French French: World Language 5174 162
German German: World Language 5183 163
Latin Latin 5601 152
Spanish Spanish: World Language 5195 168

Career and Technical Education (7 - 12)

To teach one of these three career and technical education (CTE) classes, you will need to take the Principles of Learning and Teaching test for grades 7-12 (5024), and then you must pass the subject area exam listed here:

Certification Area Test Test Code Qualifying Score
Business Education Business Education: Content Knowledge 5101 154
Family and Consumer Sciences Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 153
Technology Education Technology Education 5051 159

Praxis Scoring & Reporting in Maryland

If your test includes only Selected Response (SR) questions, you can view unofficial scores at the end of your testing session. However, sometimes further analysis is needed and scores will not be available upon completion of the test.

If you test in the state of Maryland, your score report will be sent automatically to the Maryland State Department of Education. If you test outside of the state, you must choose the Maryland State Department of Education as a score recipient, using state code 7403, at the time you register for the test.

Official scores will also be available in your online MyPraxis account. For subject area exams, scores will typically be available 2 - 3 weeks after the testing window closes. Scores are available digitally for ten years after the score reporting date.

Where Can I Take a Praxis Test in Maryland?

Praxis testing sites in Maryland include multiple locations in Baltimore, Towson, Hanover, Columbia, Bowie, Hyattsville, College Park, Bethesda, Frederick, and Hagerstown. There are also several locations in Washington DC, West Virginia, and Virginia. You can select one testing location when you sign up to test through the Praxis online registration portal. During registration you will also need to select which test(s) you want to take and choose a test date.

How Can I Prepare for Maryland's Praxis Exams?

Study.com offers a wide variety of courses that can help you prepare for Praxis examinations. These study guides provide instruction through short, engaging video lessons and allow you to check your progress with self-assessment quizzes and tests. You can work through these courses at your own pace, whenever it's convenient for you, while still getting support from expert instructors.

Below are links to some of the study guides, organized by licensure area:

Praxis Core Exams
Praxis Core Mathematics 5732
Praxis Core Mathematics 5733
Praxis Core Reading 5712
Praxis Core Writing 5722
Praxis Core Combined Test 5751
Praxis Core Combined Test 5752

PLT Exams
PLT: Early Childhood 5621
PLT: Grades 5 - 9 (5623)
PLT: Grades 7-12 (5624)
PLT: Grades K - 6 (5622)

Level / Subject Area Study Guide(s)
Early Childhood Education (PreK-3) Early Childhood Education 5025
Middle School (4 - 9) Middle School English Language Arts 5047
Middle School Mathematics 5169
Middle School Science 5440
Middle School Social Studies 5089
Secondary Education (7 - 12) Biology 5235
Chemistry 5245
Earth and Space Sciences 5571,
Economics 5911
English Language Arts: Content and Analysis 5039
Geography 5921
World and US History 5941
Mathematics 5161
Physics 5265
Government / Political Science 5931
Social Studies: Content and Interpretation 5086
All Grades Art 5134
English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362
Health Education 5551
Physical Education: Content and Design 5095
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354
School Psychologist 5402
World Languages Spanish 5195
Career and Technical Education (7 - 12) Business Education 5101
Family and Consumer Science 5122

Don't see the study guide for your test? Explore our complete list of all Praxis Study Guides.

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